U.S. hotel occupancy rates decline for week ending October 15

STR reports that the U.S. hotel industry experienced negative results for the week ending October 15. Comparing year-over-year numbers, the industry’s occupancy fell 1.4 percent to 70.7 percent.  Average daily rate stayed nearly flat (-0.2 percent, to US $123.84).  And revenue per available room fell...

New Joplin Holiday Inn is on the way

Construction kicks off this week on a brand new, 115-room Holiday Inn in Joplin, Mo. The property is expected to offer exciting new prefunction and conference options for medical and other meeting groups.  There will be 3,500 square feet of event space, accommodating up to...

Oct. 20 “Future of Health-Care Compliance” webinar announced

Involved in medical meetings?  Join Maritz Travel's senior director of health-care compliance, Pat Schaumann, for a free webinar on the current health-care meeting landscape.  Schaumann will discuss what is driving change in the medical meeting industry, and what planners need to know about staying...

New hotel and space options for medical events in NC

Raleigh, N.C.-based developer MJM Group has announced it will open a new, 188-room, dual-brand hotel in Charlotte under the Marriott name.  The facility will consist of a 94-room Courtyard by Marriott, and a 94-room Marriott Residence Inn.  It will be managed by St. Louis-based...

Texas resort expands, welcomes medical meetings

The Gaylord Texan Resort in the Dallas suburb of Grapevine has announced it's on the cusp of a $120 million expansion project. The project will add 303 new guest rooms, for a total of 1,814; and 86,000 square feet of new meeting space, for a total...

APEX: Accepted Practices Exchange

Here’s a quick quiz for those of you who plan meetings. If you have a speaker who says she needs a podium to place her notes on during the presentation, what should your venue have ready when she arrives?         A) Podium         B) Lectern         C)...

Transportation 101: Your Attendees in Motion

Transportation companies say their services are often an afterthought in the mind of today’s busy meeting planner. Groups often call late in the game, causing a last-minute scramble for available vehicles and drivers.    But it doesn’t have to be that way. Providers say that...